[clug] how to get a foreign object out of a headphone socket

Kim Holburn kim at holburn.net
Thu Feb 14 10:05:02 UTC 2019

Just an update on this.

Thanks for the help.  In the end I didn't use any of your ideas or mine.  My laptop was in my car during a long car trip and must have been just the right way up or down and the bead vibrated out during the trip.  Phew.

I looked in the laptop bag and realised it must have had a sachet of dessicant beads that was in there since I bought the bag.  The sachet had worn until it tore and the beads were released.  So I emptied them all carefully out of the laptop bag so it doesn't happen again.

> On 8/12/18 6:31 pm, Kim Holburn via linux wrote:
>> I went to plug in a headphone jack into my laptop today and it wouldn't go all the way in.  There's something in there.  I try various ways to look in the hole.  It requires a very small light.  I thought it might be a bit of a headphone jack broken off, but no, it's a dessicant bead.  Good and bad I suppose.  I was thinking of some very fine pliers or forceps but I don't have them.  It's a sphere so maybe I can use suction.  I found a spray can with one of those little tubes.  The tube just fits in the headphone socket.  I put the tube in and suck on it, I can feel when it attaches to the bead but I can't seem to generate the suction needed to get it right out past the electrodes.  I try general suction with my vacuum cleaner but that doesn't work.  I think modern headphone sockets are sealed.   I have a needle tool with a very fine hook and with the light, I can see the bead rotating when I push it with the needle, but can't pull it out.
>> I have thought of trying to crush the dessicant bead and using my vacuum cleaner but I'm not sure how much force it would take to crush it.  I wouldn't want to damage the socket or force the bead into the inside of the laptop.
>> Any ideas?
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